Nous sommes les champions: France tops medal table at International Wine Challenge 2016, picking up a mammoth 1345 medals
France has yet again confirmed its position as unrivalled world champion of fine wine production, after its winemakers were awarded an amazing 1345 medals at the International Wine Challenge 2016. France received 530 more medals than closest rival Australia. 130 French wines were awarded Gold medals, while 474 secured Silver medals and 741 received Bronze.
- The world-renowned Champagne region produced the highest number of Gold medal winners, with 50 champagnes awarded Golds. Champagne Henriot received the highest number of Gold medals in the region with a total of six, including three Gold medals for its non-vintage Champagnes; Brut Souverain, Blanc De Blancs and Brut Rosé. Rival Champagne house Charles Heidsieck received three Gold medals, including one for its 1995 Blanc des Millénaires, the oldest vintage Champagne to win Gold.
- Three Champagnes made for UK supermarkets also received Gold medals. The non-vintage Marks & Spencer Oudinot Rosé and the vintage Marks & Spencer Oudinot Brut 2007 both struck Gold, as did the Waitrose Brut Special Réserve Vintage 2005.
- 39 Gold medal winners were from the Burgundy region, 14 red wines and 25 whites Domaine De La Vougeraie put in an outstanding performance receiving the nine Gold medals, for three red and nine white Burgundies.
- Another big winner from Burgundy, La Chablisienne was responsible for five Gold medal winning Chablis. The Chablis Sereine 2014, Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2014, Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2014, Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent 2014 and the Chablis Grand Cru Château Grenouilles 2012 all won Gold for this co-operative, which has been making wine in the region since 1923.
- Winemakers from the Languedoc-Roussillon region also put in a formidable performance, receiving fifteen Gold medals. Leading the charge was last year’s Red winemaker of the Year, Cave De Roquebrun, awarded six Gold medals and 10 Silvers. The co-operative winery received Gold for five of its red wines, as well as a single Gold medal awarded to one of its white wines, the Grand Canal 2014. True mastery of both colours!
- Further success came from the Alsace region in the northeastern corner of France. Famed for its white wine production, the region’s winemakers produced seven Gold medal winning whites. Producers Wolfberger, Cave de Beblenheim and Cave de Ribeauvillé each won a pair of Gold medals, and La Cave Des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim also won a Gold medal.
- Five winemakers from the Loire Valley in central France received Gold medals, including the Tesco finest* Sancerre 2014 produced by Fournier Pere et Fils. De Chanceny Excellence Vouvray Sparkling Brut Excellence 2013, a sparkling Chenin Blanc produced by Alliance Loire was the only sparkling wine not produced in the Champagne region to win a Gold medal at the competition.
- Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC, commented:
“Year after year, French winemakers continue to surprise and delight our judges with spectacular wines from different wine regions. This year it was the Champagne region that stormed the competition and confirmed its position as the world’s top region for sparkling wines. Burgundy shone, and Alsace, Languedoc and Loire all put in strong performances. No other country is going to steal France’s winemaking crown any time soon.”
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